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Across the Sapphire Sea by Lee Colgin :: Immortal Jewels #2 :: Review

Book Info

Author:
Series:

Immortal Jewels by Lee Colgin

Series Type:
Interlinked
Number In Series:
2
Publisher:
Lee Colgin
Published:
14 April 2021
Book Type
Pages:
256

Synopsis

Love at first… death. “Do it. Kill him for me. Take me with you.”

Elias—plucked from indentured servitude at nineteen and turned into a vampire—is caught in a downward spiraling relationship with his possessive sire.

Valeri—a damaged soul who guards his secrets and his fledgling alike—balances on a razor’s edge of good and evil.

In a race to save one of their own from a deadly sickness, Valeri and Elias lead an unlikely team on a dangerous voyage to pry secrets from an ancient group of vampires. But these vampires are hidden for a reason, and they’ve been known to kill trespassers.

The closer the team comes to discovering the truth, the wider the rift between Elias and Valeri grows—until Elias doubts the relationship can be saved.

Will they find a cure in time? Can Elias and Valeri make it to the other side together, or will ancient secrets shatter their bond forever?

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Across the Sapphire Sea is an MM Paranormal romance packed with adventure, a steamy love story, and danger at every turn. This is book two of a series and contains its own story and HEA with no cliffhanger, but author recommends reading Beneath the Opal Arc first for the most enjoyment. Novel contains scenes intended for mature readers, full warnings inside.

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Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

5/5

The story in this book continues from Beneath the Opal Arc.  As hinted in book one the search is on to find an ancient group of vampires that keep themselves hidden.  Valeri believes they have the secret cure to the Madness disease that Vampire suffer in their later lives, and of which Mahu is currently suffering and close to dying.

This time we follow Elias a young vampire with and big heart, and Valeri, who keeps tight control on Elias. Fear of losing Elias to someone else, Valeri keeps the young vampire by his side, and often takes out his frustrations and worries on Elias.  Whilst his actions are often deplorable, and even come back to haunt him, Valeri does love Elias and would give anything for the young vampire.  Well, everything but the one thing he needs, freedom to have friends outside of their relationship.

This book takes a slightly slower pace and focuses on the characters in more depth.  We find out a lot more about Elias and Valeri.  But we also learn about Laurance and Valeri’s relationship and mutual hatred of each other.

Valeri’ secrets and manipulation may destroy all hope of recovering the secret cure, and even cost the groups lives.

It was good to see Laurance and Remy appear in this story as part of the group.  Their unique vampire/witch abilities are vital.

Laurance and Remy also befriend Elias much to Valeri’s annoyance.  At a certain point it seems that Valeri is resigned to losing Elias. And realises he has brought it on himself.  Can he change his ways and give Elias what he needs before it is too late?

As with book one, the world building is vivid and amazing, I even got seasick along with poor Elias.  The tension Lee builds is tangible, and you find it hard to trust Valeri at every move he makes.

The story weaving once again is excellent and with the flashbacks to Elias and Valeri’s first meet up, up to the present day, gives us plenty of insight into why Valeri is the way he is.  Which has the knock-on effect of showing us where Laurence trust issues lie.

I Thoroughly enjoyed the book and I am excited for the third book, which I believe will be Mahu’s story.  I hope we get to see the previous characters in book three.  Maybe’s even see Lawrence and Valeri build bridges.  And would like to seel Elias and Remy team up in some way.  But I know whatever happens the next book will be another great read.

Excerpt

The stranger rose and stalked forward.

Elias fought a threatening wave of panic, forced himself steady, and cleared his throat. “What’s your name?”

“Valeri.” He drew a blade from his belt. “Yours?”

“Elias.” Had he avoided the whip only to be stabbed to death?

But no, Valeri reached high, took Elias’s wrists in one hand, and cut the rope with the other. When his arms tumbled free, he lost his balance and landed with a thump against Valeri’s chest.

“I’ve got you.” Valeri held him with gentle hands. Hands that just slaughtered Elias’s cruel master. In cold blood. In front of witnesses.

Numbness in Elias’s arms gave way to pins and needles, but he found his feet. He made to pull away.

Valeri tightened his hold. “Not yet, you’ll catch a chill.” He unclasped his dark wool cloak and brought it around from his shoulders to Elias’s. He refastened the clasp and smoothed the thick fabric along Elias’s collar bones. “Better.”

“Thank you,” my lord lingered on the tip of his tongue, but Elias didn’t want a new master, so he dared use his proper name instead, “Valeri.”

“You’re welcome.” Valeri raised a brow as if he recognized the bold choice Elias had made. “Elias.” The syllables rolled from his lips slowly. They stared at one another, eyes locked, until Elias gave in and lowered his gaze.

The whip was tucked into Valeri’s belt. So they’d be keeping it, then.

Elias threw a glance over his shoulder. As he suspected, the other bondslaves had stopped their fieldwork and stood gawking at the events transpiring before them. What would they think of a stranger murdering one of their overlords? Did they know Elias was complicit? They couldn’t have heard the exchange, but the whole thing would look suspicious.

“What if we’re caught?” asked Elias, his focus back on Valeri.

“We won’t be.” Confidence dripped from Valeri’s tone like blood from the jowls of a predator.

“What happens now?”

“We leave.”

Elias’s heart thudded in his chest. He wanted to follow. “And go where?”

Valeri gave a casual shrug. “Wherever we want. But for now, to my sanctuary because you’re hungry and should eat.”

“It’s that simple?”

“It is.”

Valeri wanted to feed him. Elias wouldn’t say no; it was too late for that anyway. And they couldn’t stay there.

“You’re free,” Valeri murmured, taking Elias firmly by the arm.

Elias wished he could believe him, but even though it wasn’t true, he’d no urge to argue.

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Lee Colgin

Biography

Lee Colgin has loved vampires since she read Dracula on a hot, sunny beach at 13 years old. She lives in North Carolina with lots of dogs and her husband. No, he's not a vampire, but she loves him anyway. Lee likes to workout so she can eat the maximum amount of cookies with her pizza. Ask her how much she can bench press.

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